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CEH also claims iPhone breaks California law

updated 11:10 am EST, Thu November 8, 2007

CEH duplicates iPhone test

The Center for Environmental Health, an activist group which claims that many modern ailments are attributable to industrial chemicals, now says that it has duplicated Greenpeace's tests of the iPhone, specifically those that showed the presence of phthalates in the headphone cables. Phthalates are typically contained in PVC plastics, and are used to increase their flexibility; while normally safe, certain toxic varieties -- including a pair in Apple's iPhone cables -- may hinder the sexual development of mammals.

CEH singles out dibutyl phthalate (DBP), of which there is claimed to be 6,200 parts per million used for the iPhone. The group says it has also conducted tests on cables used for the iPod's headphones, and found DBP levels of 6,300ppm. Greenpeace's tests of the iPhone cables indicated 5,070ppm.

Apple has reportedly promised to eliminate the use of PVCs by the end of 2008, but this has not satisfied CEH, which last month filed a lawsuit against Apple based on the Greenpeace data. The suit alleges that Apple has violated California law by not warning customers of the phthalates in the iPhone, which CEH claims could be absorbed via the skin or oral contact.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Greenpeace never ran any tests in the first place. Apple's materials are all within Federal and EU guidelines, and they have pledged to reduce usage in the FUTURE, which is all they are required to do. This is just more CEH attention whoring.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hinder sexual development

    Well, that phrase is just begging for (frat) jokes...

    Any takers here?

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Source of RDF

    Now we know where the RDF originates!

  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yes duplicated

    Greenpeace actually did run tests:

    "The environmental group claims that tests conducted by its UK labs reveal ..."

    It's good to support the products you like, but it's also good to remain grounded in reality.

    Of course I suppose it is possible that you were in the room at the time and know that no actual tests took place ...

  1. mike3k

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I never had much respect for Greenpeace, but over the last year, I've lost that tiny bit of respect. They're just purposely singling out Apple, when I'm sure every phone being made has the same materials. Apple needs to counter sue them.

  1. sailin74

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yeah, it's iPhones that are causing all the problems in the environment... Lets choose the company with less than 5% market share, and whine about them.... Priceless.

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    FF you ff11

    Uh, Greenpeace has no UK labs - or labs of any type. SO somebody's lying. They contract out, but usually just make stuff up.

    And there is "dangerous" c*** all around us. In fact, the air I am breathing right now contains carbon dioxide. A large enough amount of that would suffocate me!!


  1. BelugaShark

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ipod / iphone

    Ok let's get this straight: "The group says it has also conducted tests on cables used for the IPODS's headphones"

    "Greenpeace's tests of the IPHONE cables indicated 5,070ppm."

    "Apple has reportedly promised to eliminate the use of PVCs by the end of 2008, but this has not satisfied CEH"

    I guess CEH wants cash before the problem is solved, I doubt they'll get it.

  1. Zkatz007

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i'll take it!

    While normally safe, being an Apple fanboi may hinder the sexual development of mammals.

  1. dwoodruff

    Joined: Dec 1969



    exactly what would you have to do with these cables to contact enough of these chemicals?

    Drink liquids through them? Ingest them? It cannot be just in the proximity of them...

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